ANY hopes of Old Laurentians avoiding relegation took a hit on Saturday after they suffered a 45-12 defeat at Newbold-on-Avon in the Midland One East division, reports Bill Wallis.
A large crowd at Parkfield Road joined the two teams in remembering Alan Bale and Dom Marsella in fitting style with a minute’s applause before kick-off before the hosts went on to record a comprehensive victory.
The win keeps Newbold’s hopes of claiming second spot in the league very much alive and probably extinguished any flickering hopes OLs may have had of avoiding relegation.
It was OLs who drew first blood when they drove the second of successive penalty lineouts over the Newbold line for Darren Dean to touch down and Dom Hammond added the goal points for a 7-0 lead after five minutes.
On 15 minutes Newbold responded when Dan O’Brien found himself in acres of space in OL’s 22 and strolled over for a try with a man spare outside him.
The home side went ahead with a fine try by Adam Shaw, who outpaced the defence to go over and O’Brien added the extras to put Newbold ahead by five points.
On the half-hour mark, OLs drew level when Ricky Reed dummied through to touch down after more OLs pressure on the home line.
But within a minute Newbold’s Reed responded by slicing through to score and O’Brien converted to put Newbold back in charge of the game.
Winger Blood was the next to expose OL’s defensive limitations to touch down and once again O’Brien’s conversion was successful to give his side a 26-12 lead at half time.
To OL’s credit they stuck at their task gamely through the second half when it looked as though Bold might cut loose and they limited them to three further tries, two of which were converted by O’Brien.
In the final stages the visitors did rally and took the game to the home side but the contest descended into a comedy of errors.
When two Newbold players went to the bin it was too late for OLs to make a difference.
This Saturday OLs entertain Northampton Old Scouts at home.